southbound lanes of highway 17 about five miles south of los gatos. southbound traffic is reduced to one lane. it could take a few more hours before the closed lane reopens. in other news, most taxpayers may be celebrating the "fiscal cliff" bill, but there's still more financial woes to worry about. tara mergener is in d.c. with the upcoming showdown over the government's spending limit. tara. >> reporter: elizabeth, the deal may have saved the country from the "fiscal cliff," but few are satisfied, and congress will soon be at it again. president obama landed in hawaii this morning to resume his vacation. he left washington last night after lawmakers approved a bill that prevents a middle class tax hike and delays automatic spending cuts. congress and the white house struggled to get the deal done and neither republicans nor democrats seem pleased with the outcome. >> someone stop hitting you in the head with a hammer and
you're supposed to say thank you so much for the relief. >> reporter: many voters are upset it took lawmakers so long to reach a compromise. >> i think we needed a deal. i'm not necessarily altogether happy. >> reporter: the measure raises taxes on families making more than $450,000 a year and extends long-term jobless benefits for a year. but the package does not include spending cuts and many republicans voted against it. >> i'd like to be speaking for this bill, but i can't. >> reporter: congress steered away from the "fiscal cliff" at the last minute but another showdown is just around the corner. in two months, the treasury will need to increase how much the country can borrow and lawmakers must approve it. the last time congress fought over the debt ceiling, america's credit rating was downgraded. the president says that doesn't need to happen again. >> the one thing that i think hopefully in the new year we'll focus on is seeing if we can put a package like this
together with a little bit less drama, a little less brinksmanship. >> reporter: the payroll tax holiday expired. that means less money in most people's paychecks. the bill did not address that. on capitol hill, i'm tara mergener for cbs 5. and stocks shot up sharply this morning on the first day of trading in 2013 jumping more than 200 points at the open. it is wall street's biggest rally in six months. things are still looking good at this hour. they are up about 237 points. now, economists caution that this euphoria in the markets could be short-lived as lawmakers now have to agree on the debt ceiling. victims of superstorm sandy will have to wait for the next session of congress to get federal aid. that is unless house speaker john boehner calls congress back into session this afternoon. the house wrapped up its
session late last night after passing the "fiscal cliff" version bill but before agreeing to the $60 billion measure that would provide help for victims of the hurricane. failure to vote on the plan outraged democrats and even some republicans. >> it's simply unconscionable that this chamber would walk away from a region desperate for assistance in its greatest hour of need. >> when your people are literally freezing in the winter and they are without food and shelt and clothing and my own part refuses to help them, then why should i help the republican party? i will stand on the values and republicans millions that are true republican principles but turning your back on people who are starving and freezing is in the a republican value. >> we pray for them. how much prayer would to take for this congress to find it in their hearts and in their heads to do the right thing? >> if a vote on the pagac
doesn't vote before the congress starts tomorrow, they will have to vote on it as soon as they are sworn in. no delay getting the sandy hook elementary school students into their new school. today they toured chalk hill school in nearby ron mow that was renovated for children's whose studies came to a halt when a gunman opened fire killing 20 children and six adults almost three weeks ago. classes restart tomorrow. the desks and belongings left behind are now at the new elementary school to help the students feel more at home. back here in the bay area, air quality officials have called a second spare spare spare today so that means you can't burn wood or other solid fuels. and you might be tempted to, with how cold it is out there. bay area drivers woke up to find frost on their windshields, cold seats in their cars. the temperatures were near or below freezing in some places so just how low did they go? let's check in with lawrence
karnow with the latest. >> elizabeth, very frigid start to the morning today. you probably had to chip ice off the windshield. but now beginning to thaw out. but the temperatures outside this morning, yeah, bitter cold especially in the north and the east bay. 26 degrees the official low in santa rosa, 29 below zero in concord, then the temperatures moderated but lots of frost toward san jose and 42 degrees even cool for san francisco. outside now we have mostly sunny skies and some hazy sunshine. temperatures are cool in the 40s and 50s. but we are headed right back into that arctic freeze tonight. we'll tell you how low the temperatures will get in a few minutes. >> thank you. a water main break has homes in hayward without water. the line broke near jackson and santa clara streets around 3:30 a.m. crews closed a lane of traffic on jackson street for the
repairs. they expect to finish in three hours. still no word on what caused that break. meanwhile, work has resumed on the central subway project in san francisco shutting down streams once again. stockton street between geary and ellis is closed for the construction. crews had halted their work about 6 weeks ago to make life easier on holiday shoppers. it is the end of an era for the exploratorium in san francisco. this is the very last day for fans young and old to geek out at its location near the palace of fine arts. let's go live to cbs 5 reporter anne makovec. she is live outside the museum with the big moving plans and big lines behind you. >> reporter: that's a long line behind me and you can't even see half of it. there's probably 100 people. the line is around the block right now. 2,000 people have been here already and they are expecting 5,000 by the end of the day because the exploratorium is free today. everybody is coming here to celebrate and reminisce. the sounds of wide-eyed wonder are about to fall silent here
after 43 years the exploratorium closes its doors at the palace of fine arts. local families lined up for its swan song. >> i'm going to try to live it up and experience it one last time in its original spot. >> reporter: she has been coming here for decades with her children and brought her daughter back today, not knowing it was the end. >> i think that the reason we felt we needed to come was because somehow we knew it was the last day. >> reporter: ron knew the day was coming. he spent much of his life here. >> i like to think my title is loose cannon. i have been here so long, i was i have been able to do so many things here. >> reporter: of the 43 years, he work here for 41. >> we're going to really miss the palace of fine arts, the swans. it's going to be sad to leave but we're' moving to such a spectacular location. >> reporter: the exploratorium will open on april 17 on pier 15 on the embarcadero in san
francisco. the location has three times the size. this is one of the features they can't take with them. it's a musical instrument that resonates in the column of the rotunda of the palace of fine arts. one exhibit left behind with the memories of so much. >> you can't experience it without being here. you can't speak of the exploratorium without thinking of the palace of fine arts. they go very well together. >> reporter: now, between now and april the exploratorium will hold several pop-up events around the city basically little learning experiences that you can join them for. find out more about that on their website and we have a link to their website on our website, cbssf.com. click on "links and numbers." in san francisco, anne makovec, cbs 5. >> looks like the most popular place to be in san francisco today. >> reporter: it's pretty cool. we know it's important to be careful with prescription drugs but some patients are too careful. up next the dangerous decision
patients are making with those generic drugs. and if you are trying to get your fiscal house in order for the new year, reporter julie watts gives us three easy things to do to make sure you reach your goal. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
medications americans take y year. but now a new study f them.. ter welcome back. generic drugs are used for more than half of the medications americans take every year but now a new study finds many people are not actually taking them. teresa garcia explains why in today's healthwatch. >> reporter: 73-year-old mort allen takes medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes managing all those prescriptions confusing at times. >> this one drug, it's either blue or white, changes colors. and so you don't really know.
>> reporter: many of the pills are generic, which can vary in color and shape from brand names. now a new study from brigham and women's hospital shows when pills look different patients are 50% more likely to stop taking them. >> so if you are used to taking these guys and if we give you this you're going to be confused and say what is is this white pill? mine is oblong. >> reporter: generic medications account for over 70% of prescriptions filled in the u.s. doctors say it's important that patients understand even though your drugs can look different, they're still the same. >> during consultation you tell them there's a difference in shape and size, it's the same pill, it's still the same generic -- everything is the same, it just looks a little different and in addition we'll put a little sticker on the bottle saying, same exact information. >> reporter: patients should also talk to their doctors and pharmacists if they have any questions. allen keeps a line of communication open with his
pharmacist, but with so many medications to keep track of, he knows he has to pay close attention. >> put one in each slot in the tray. >> reporter: he wants to be sure he takes the right drug at the right time. teresa garcia, cbs news, los angeles. in other health news a new study shows sugar substitutes may trick your brain. scientists at yale found fructose triggers brain changes that lead to overeating. researchers looked at mris of people who finished sweet drinks with fructose and found the brain doesn't register the feeling of being full as it does when sugar is consumed. when you have just made a new year's resolution to get to the gym lose a few pounds, turns out you may not have to. a new study says being slightly overweight may actually help you live longer. cdc researchers found a link between being a little overweight and lower risk of dying compared to people at normal weight. but if you still want to
lose weight in the new year, you are not alone. a new poll shows weight loss is the top resolution for more than 3,000 americans. other goals for 2013, exercising more, getting a new job and improving your finances. if your new year's restlation fits into the last category, cbs 5 consumerwatch reporter julie watts shows there are three easy tricks to keep your new year's financial resolutions. reporter: as you plunk down a couple of bucks for that cup of coffee --- >> tw o or three times a day. >> reporter: -- or shell out a little more for lunch -- >> typically around 8 bucks. >> reporter: --ask yourself: do you make more than $90 an hour? that's what you need to earn to reasonably afford eating out five days a week. >> it's not worth the hassle for me to prepare lunch. if it costs me another $1,000 at the end of the year, it's worth it. >> reporter: tip number one, according to personal finance experts, you could save around $1,000 a year if you brew your own coffee or brown bag it. >> you think about the taxes that you have to pay and your
regular just day-to-day living expenses like your pg&e bill and your cell phone bill and all of that the $90 an hour really gets eaten away quickly. >> reporter: which brings us to tip 2. save, save, save. according to the united states federal reserve, americans on average only save 3.6% of their income. what we should be saving upwards of 10%. and if you are counting on social security, plan on socking away 12 times your current income too. because getting old can get expensive. >> i have seen clients pay upwards of $13,000 a month for round the clock care in their homes. it's very expensive. >> reporter: and then there's housing. bringing us to tip number 3. you shouldn't spend more than 25 percent of your income on where you live. a tall order here in the bay area. but keeping this rule of thumb in mind might help you stash some cash into your 401(k) or ira. >> cheers! >> reporter: this couple rents two bedrooms of their home to
offset their mortgage and help them reach their financial goals. >> stay in the house and retire here and burn that mortgage paper. >> reporter: and they talk money every saturday in an effort to track their progress. >> we're acutely aware of what's in our accounts and when we decide to use credit. >> reporter: a small price to pay for peace of mind and the more prosperous future. in campbell, julie watts, cbs 5. and now for a check on weather, lawrence, you usually take a walk in the morning? it's a little cold for that today. >> it was a little chilly out there. you know what, this is a big day. you know it's big when we have the scouts in here to watch our show today! that's what we have going on right now. hey, folks, around the bay area, a cold start to the morning. frigid indeed early on. you can see the camera kind of shaking in the breeze there. we are seeing some down slope winds at the coastline and that means the numbers are beginning
to warm up a little bit but sunny and a bit chilly in spots even this afternoon. a little breezy, too. and then tonight, cold once again as those temperatures are going to plummet back into the 20s and 30s in many of the valleys. the weather will stay dry for now but we could see some showers move in as we look toward the weekend. around the bay area right now we have some low 50s in toward the san jose area. 55 degrees even into oakland. as you head further to the north, it is still chilly in spots. 49 in the napa valley, 49 vallejo and 50 degrees in antioch. i think we are seeing high pressure stick around and that ridge is sending the storm track well to the north of the bay area so we'll keep dry an high outside and the temperatures cool, as well. 50s into the central valley, the high country going to be in the 30s and also into the 40s. i think if you are traveling around the bay area today, not a bad idea to grab a jacket out the door. some of the warmer temperatures in the south bay in the upper 50s. 57 in half moon bay, as well. low 50s in the east bay. inside the bay temperatures
moderate a bit mid-50s in oakland, 53 degrees in san francisco. tonight cold, 20s and 30s inland so get ready for ice again. it's going to be a cold start to the morning. toward the weekend clouds begin to gather, slight chance of showers on sunday but looks fairly dry for the next couple of weeks. >> you gave a little shoutout. we have some boy scouts in the studio today. i think we can actually show them to you. wave, hi, guys! yeah. what boy scout troop are we with? >> the cub scouts. okay. all right. and lawrence, were you a cub scout. >> i was way back when, yes. >> all right. look what happened now. [ laughter ] >> i know. you can grow up to be him. thanks, lawrence. when we come back, tony tantillo takes to us a peninsula restaurant and shares a secret behind one of their most beloved dishes.
restaurant on the peninsular fresh grocer tony tantillo explains why you wan today the secret behind a classic combo from a french restaurant on the peninsula. our fresh grocer tony tantillo explains why you want to go easy on the salt when steaming mussels. >> reporter: well, today for tony's table santa cruz avenue in menlo park at left bank. what do we go first? >> so we start with a warm saute pan. it gets hot. add oil to the pan. it starts to smoke a bit. saute the shallot and come back
with the mussels. it will start to pop a bit which you don't want to be worried about. just get that started, move that around a bit. >> as soon as they open, hit it with herb butter and spin it around keep the butter emulsified and get that flavor in there. >> natural salt in the ocean from the mussels. >> correct. >> so you don't want to oversalt it. >> a little bit of pepper. >> we are going to add fresh bloomsdale spinach at the end. take a little spinach over the top with that. come back with our french fries right here. >> i'm tony tantillo. ciao, everybody. >> the recipe is on our website, cbssf.com. need it or not? a new pillow claims to solve
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>> bill: you threatening me? >> caroline: no, no! i'm showing you my loyalty! >> bill: listen to me. nobody threatens me. nobody crosses me, especially not my niece. i trusted you, and you spit on that. i will not forget it. >> caroline: no, please, can we just talk about this sensibly? [ gasps ] aah! [ body thuds ] >> katie: well, caroline did the right thing, convincing rick to tell hope the truth. >> brooke: all this time, hope thought that liam and steffy were kissing the night before the wedding, but it was a lie. so, that changes everything. >> katie: yeah, including bill's relationship with caroline.